Ever heard about Documenta? It’s one of the world’s biggest and most important events for contemporary art, taking place every 5 years in Kassel, Germany. Our interaction designer Elin happened to be there last week and prepared this little photo report for you..
Every fifth year, the little German city Kassel turns into an huge art exhibition that lasts for exactly 100 days. The ongoing Documenta, the 13th so far, is regarded one of the worlds most important art events. Train stations, libraries, abandoned houses, parks…everything in this city becomes a space for art.
I went to Kassel last week and wanted to share some of the highlights from my trip. Some of the art is of course impossible to capture with a camera. The dance performance inside a pitch black room is one of them, as well as ridiculously engaging and cool video installations where you sit with your mouth open in pure awe.
Nevertheless, here are 3 artists I would like to introduce you to:
1. Ida Applebroog
The American artist took snippets of anything from conversations on TV to notes found in her journals throughout her 82 year old life. All of the pieces on the wall were then printed out to 750 000 (!) posters for Documenta.
As a visitor, you could scope around the hundreds of boxes of posters to find the one you liked the most. Ida, who’s last name actually was Applebaum, changed her name when she had a mental breakdown at a hospital. When she was asked for her name, she replied with “Applebrrr, brrr, brrrgh”. She then changed her name to Applebroog permanently, to honor her most vulnerable moment in life.
2. Haegue Yang
The Korean artist’s venetian blinds automatically rolled up and down in an almost seeming-less dance routine. The blinds were placed above the train platform and it was almost scary when they first started to move without notice.
Yang chose the place for her robot-like installation to reminisce “the dynamism of trains, which are the symbol of industrialization, as well as of ‘mass games’ or military arrays in a totalitarian culture”.
3. Yan Lei
Specifically for Documenta, artist Yan Lei from China used his last year to choose one image per day that appealed to him most from his internet consumption. These images were later painted on top of large canvases that hung across a huge room.
Every day during the art exhibition, 3-4 paintings are taken to the local car factory where they will be sprayed with car paint into anonymousness and out of Lei’s consciousness. Perhaps a way of exploring how much photos and information just goes in and out of our heads every day?
Documenta is going strong until the 16th of September 2012. If you have the opportunity to swing by, do it! And don’t forget to tag your photos with Documenta13 to add it to the ever-growing album.
For more information on Documenta, visit the official website.